Purslane---seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, AZ
Question by beide1
February 15, 1998
Several years ago a plant marketed during the summer months was called Purslane---it was very similar in apperance to the weed purslane however it had fuller stems and leaves and it had several different colors of flowers. It is a low-growing, prostrate plant, and seemed to be very drought tolerant but also very showy. I saw it used in pots and beds during the very hot summers of Phoenix, but I never have seen seeds advertised. Occasionally during the summer I do see the plants for sale. Are you familiarwith this plant and if so do you know where seeds are available?


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Answer from NGA
February 15, 1998

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There are several types of edible purslane grown as a salad green. However, I wonder if you are talking about what is commonly called portulaca. (The botanical name of purslane is Portulaca oleracea; it seems the edible and weedy types are commonly referred to as purslane, while the type grown for flowers is called portulaca.)

Burpee sells two types of portulaca--a bright magenta variety called 'Giant Pink Radiance' and a mix of bright colors called 'Sundial Hybrid Mix'. (See page 46 of the current catalog.) The mix is available as seeds; the magenta variety is available as transplants.

Portulaca is great for dry, sunny areas and poor soil, and is also good for hanging baskets.

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